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April 14, 2014, 7:20 PM

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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Windows Phone 8.1 review: a magnificent smartphone platform  —  It's a 0.1 update that feels like a 2.0 update.  —  For the growing number of Windows Phone users, Windows Phone 8 was a frustrating release.  The major difference between Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 was invisible to end users …
Rene Ritchie / iMore:
Apple's Passbook passes are being used by Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Wallet  —  When Apple introduced Passbook in iOS 6 they billed it as a way to store all your tickets, coupons, boarding passes, loyalty programs, and other cards all in one place.  It's hard to imagine they expected …
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview now available to download  —  Windows Phone 8.1 now available to download  —  After 18 months since the last major Windows Phone update, Microsoft is finally releasing Windows Phone 8.1 to developers today.  The software maker detailed the update …
Wall Street Journal:
Google buys Titan Aerospace, the maker of high-altitude drones Facebook was considering  —  Google Buys Drone Maker Courted by Facebook  —  Internet Giant to Acquire Titan Aerospace  —  Google Inc. said Monday it agreed to buy Titan Aerospace, a startup maker of high-altitude drones …
Mitchell Baker / The Mozilla Blog:
Greylock's Chris Beard joins Mozilla's Board of Directors, becomes interim CEO  —  Mozilla Moving Forward  —  Mozilla finds itself in the midst of an unexpected leadership transition.  Along with my fellow board members Reid Hoffman and Katharina Borchert, I am pleased to announce …
Rolfe Winkler / Wall Street Journal:
Google considering giving a boost in its search-engine results to websites that use encryption  —  Google May Push Sites to Use Encryption  —  A powerful voice at Google wants websites to be more secure.  —  In a move that experts say could make it harder to spy on Web users …
Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
Did Microsoft just kill its anti-Google ‘Scroogled’ campaign?  —  Summary: A Microsoft Corporate Vice President claims Microsoft is ‘done’ with its ‘Scroogled’ campaign.  But is the company really Scroogled out?  —  Has Microsoft quietly done away with its anti-Google “Scroogled” campaign?
Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Heartbleed bug responsible for theft of 900 Canadian tax ID numbers  —  Canada's taxpayers may be the first victims of the Heartbleed bug that put the web on high alert last week.  According to the Canada Revenue Agency, 900 social insurance numbers (SINs) were stolen by hackers exploiting the security vulnerability.
Ben Popper / The Verge:
How Cool Planet founder Mike Cheiky convinced Silicon Valley to invest in his shoddy science  —  The inventor of everything  —  How an egotistical genius convinced Silicon Valley to invest hundreds of millions in his shoddy science  —  It's a sunny morning in Camarillo, California …
More: Gigaom
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Early internal document reveals Android was initially designed without touchscreen support  —  Here's What Android Looked Like Before the iPhone  —  One of the more interesting documents that came to light during the Apple-Samsung document last week was an early internal Google document …
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Thanks but No Thanks, Maker Studios Tells Relativity  —  Last night film studio Relativity Studios announced that it, too, wanted to buy Maker Studios, the YouTube network that Disney is about to acquire.  —  Here's Maker's answer: No, thank you — we've already sold.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator Adds Four New Partners, Including Stripe CEO Patrick Collison  —  Y Combinator is announcing today the addition of four new partners to its roster, as part of its larger push for more growth under new president Sam Altman.  —  Altman announced in a blog post this afternoon …
Jason Del Rey / Re/code:
Square Hires Amazon AWS Exec Alyssa Henry as Engineering Lead  —  Square is one step closer to fully filling out its executive team, hiring long-time Amazon veteran Alyssa Henry as its new engineering lead.  —  At Square, Henry will “head up engineering operations for Square's infrastructure …
More: Square, TechCrunch and ZDNetThanks:@delrey
Kaylene Hong / The Next Web:
Facebook is reportedly prepping an e-money service, and is close to getting approval in Ireland  —  Facebook wants to be more than a social network — it is planning to facilitate financial services in the form of electronic money and remittances, the Financial Times reports (as spotted first by Benedict Evans).
Nick Wingfield / New York Times:
A profile of Benchmark venture capitalist Richard Barton  —  The Art of ‘Something From Nothing’  —  SEATTLE — Entrepreneurs are lucky to have one big score.  Richard Barton has had a string of them, by repeatedly asking the same simple question: What piece of marketplace information do people crave and don't have?

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